Russia launched a military operation to demilitarize Ukraine on 24 February, 2022 after a formal request for assistance from its Donbass allies – who faced weeks of escalating shelling, sniper and sabotage attacks by Ukrainian forces.
The operation has including concentrating strikes on Ukraine’s military aerodromes to ensure Russian aerial superiority.
About 90% of Ukraine’s military aerodromes containing the majority of the country’s Air Force have been knocked out of operation, and part of its fleet of aircraft has flown to Romania and Germany.
Those escaped and withdrawn aircraft also included MiG-29’s and are not taking part in any combat, Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson Igor Konashenkov has said.
At the start of the special operation, the Ukrainian Air Force had as many as 250 serviceable combat aircraft and helicopters. Russia’s Aerospace Fores have destroyed 89 combat aircraft and 57 helicopters on the ground and in the air.
Ukraine’s Air Force has also nearly completely run out of first and second class military pilots, and is limiting flights to individual attempts to mount missions.
Russia has destroyed 81 radar stations from Ukraine’s air defense troops, causing a loss of battlefield control and a dramatic deterioration in the country’s air defense capabilities, which have been reduced to only a local capability to resist.
Russian forces have destroyed a total of 2,786 pieces of Ukrainian military infrastructure since the start of the operation, Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson Igor Konashenkov has said.
About 49 facilities, among them two command and control points, six air defense systems, four caches of ammunition and fuel, and 37 areas of concentration of military equipment were destroyed in the course of operations Wednesday.
The MoD spokesman said Ukrainian losses include 953 tanks and other armored vehicles, 101 rocket artillery systems, 351 pieces of artillery and mortar systems, 718 military vehicles, and 93 drones.
He also indicated that 137 Ukrainian S-125, S-300 and Buk-M1 air defense systems had been destroyed, with these losses constituting over 90% of Ukraine’s air defense systems.
NATO’s ongoing support for Ukraine, the alliance’s reconnaissance aircraft are carrying out round-the-clock flights over Polish airspace looking into Ukrainian airspace and passing this information on to the Ukrainian military’s leadership.
Commenting on the situation on the ground, Konashenkov said Donetsk People’s Republic forces had advanced four km and established control over the settlements of Signalnoye, Taramchuk, Yelenovka and Trudovoe.
The Lugansk People’s Republic troops advanced 2 km through Ukrainian defenses, taking control of the settlements of Toshkovka and Grachevo. Russian forces independently established control over the settlements of Krasnaya Polyana and Stepnoe.
The New York Times cited anonymous US officials saying that China had learned about Russia’s plans in Ukraine and asked Russia not to take action before the end of the Winter Olympics.
The reports accused China of standing with Russia to criticize the US and opposing US sanctions on Russia. Citing anonymous officials to release disinformation to mislead the public is an old trick that the US has been playing.
Through various sources, the Global Times has learned that the “anonymous officials” cited by the New York Times are from the National Security Council of the White House.
Coincidentally, despite the Ukraine situation, the US war regime seems to have increased its investment in the Indo-Pacific region to counter China’s increasing influence, which indicates the US attempt to shift problems related to the Ukraine crisis.
Analysts said that the problems associated with the Ukraine situation are clear, and the USA and NATO are together deliberately pushing Ukraine into the line of fire.
As the initiator of the conflict in Ukraine, the USA is adding fuel to the fire, while accusing China of not making an effort to help, which is irresponsible and immoral.
Sputnik / ABC Flash Point News 2022.